Chapter 18 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 39 the following section:-
Section 40. SNAP Restaurant Meals Program.
(a) The Department of Transitional Assistance shall establish a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under the Restaurant Meals Program, households containing elderly or disabled members, and their spouses, as defined in 7 U.S.C. 2012(j), or homeless individuals, as defined in 7 U.S.C. 2012(l), shall have the option in accordance with 7 U.S.C. 2012(k) to redeem their SNAP benefits at private establishments that contract with the Department to offer meals for eligible individuals at concessional prices subject to 7 U.S.C. 2018(h).
(b) The Department of Transitional Assistance shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
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